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April 30/May 1: What to watch, where to go

4/29/2012

MONDAY, APRIL 30

  • TELEVISION

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

Manchester United at Manchester City

ESPN Deportes, 11:30 a.m.


First City stumbled, and now United. The battle for the EPL title is a battle once more, and the Blues (25-5-5) -- just three points back -- can vault to the top spot, on goal difference, with a home victory. The trophy is going to go to United (26-4-5) for the fifth time in six years if it wins, although clinching would be a week away.

TUESDAY, MAY 1

  • TELEVISION

SPANISH LA LIGA

Villarreal at Sporting Gijon

GolTV, 11 a.m.


Villareal has finished in the top five five times in the last eight years -- they were runners-up to Real Madrid in 2008 -- and no worse than eighth the other three years. And now they could be relegated? Sure thing. (New Jersey-born Italian striker Giuseppe Rossi's knee injury has hurt badly.) The drop zone border separates Villarreal from Sporting, which can catch up with a victory. If Villarreal wins, survival is nearly certain.

Italian Serie A

AS Roma at Chievo Verona, Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 9 a.m.

Palermo at Napoli, Fox Deportes, 11:30 a.m.; Fox Soccer Channel, 2 and 8 p.m.

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

Fulham at Liverpool

ESPN2, 11:30 a.m.

Clint Dempsey
and the Cottagers were crushed by Everton on the weekend. Now they head less than a mile away, just across Stanley Park, to face Liverpool's other giant. Replay: ESPN Deportes, 11:55 a.m.

Also

Everton at Stoke City, Fox Soccer Channel, 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Scottish Premier League

Motherwell at Hearts, Fox Soccer Plus, 11:40 a.m.

COPA LIBERTADORES

Libertad (Paraguay) at Cruz Azul (Mexico)

Fox Deportes, 7:30 p.m.

Mexico's lone survivor into the knockout stage opens its round-of-16 series at Estadio Azul, where it twice netted four goals in three group-stage matches. Libertad won two of its three road games en route to top spot in the Group 5.

Also

Velez Sarsfield (Argentina) at Atletico Nacional (Colombia), Fox Deportes, 5 p.m.